Is There A Rosary Rally Near You This Saturday?

Did you know that this Saturday, October 14, there will be a world-wide rosary rally in honor of the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima? Now you do!

If you want to participate, you can get more information here and find out where the nearest rally for you is, here. If you are local to the Jersey Shore, come pray with us at St. Jerome Church, 254 Wall Street, West Long Branch, NJ.

The rosary is such a powerful prayer and to pray it with others is even more powerful. I hope you will join us!

God bless.

Rosary Rally

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Catholics and the Rosary

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In a previous post, I explained a little about the Catholic’s devotion to Mary. This week I want to write a little about the Rosary. Actually, a lot can be, and has been, said about the rosary and in an upcoming post I will point you to some resources that do a good job explaining why we pray the rosary.

However, before  I do, I want to point out one thing: Although we direct many of the prayers to Mary, the rosary is all about Jesus and meditating on the life of Jesus – and based on the Bible.

Let’s take a look at the mysteries of the rosary: During the Joyful mysteries, we meditate on the birth and early life of Christ, from when the Angel Gabriel announced to Mary she would conceive a son, to the visitation to Elizabeth where John the Baptist “leaped for joy,” to the birth of Jesus, to His presentation in the temple and finally to His being found in the temple by Mary and Joseph.

During the Luminous mysteries, we contemplate Jesus’ public life. In the first mystery we think upon Jesus’ “baptism” by John. In the second we meditate on Jesus’ first miracle at Cana and the third mystery is centered on the proclamation of the kingdom and call to conversion. In the fourth mystery we meditate on the Transfiguration of Jesus and in the fifth we meditate on the Institution of the Eucharist.

The Sorrowful mysteries are centered on the suffering and death of Jesus. In the first mystery we accompany Jesus during his Agony in the Garden. In the second mystery we meditate on Jesus’ flagellation at the pillar. In the third mystery we see Jesus as he is mocked and receives the Crown of Thorns. In the fourth mystery we join Jesus as He carries His cross and in the fifth mystery we meditation on the Crucifixion and  death of Our Lord.

Finally, the Glorious mysteries allow us to rejoice in the great mysteries of the Resurrection (decade one) and Ascension of Jesus (decade two). In the third Glorious mystery, we meditate on the Descent of the Holy Spirit. In the fourth and fifth Glorious mysteries we honor Mary as she is Assumed into heaven and Crowned Queen of Heaven and Earth.

I also want to encourage you to take a closer look at the prayers of the rosary. The Apostle’s Creed, Our Father, Glory Be and even the Hail Mary are God-centered and Christ-centered prayers.

Even the Hail Mary is focused on Jesus. The first part of the Hail Mary comes from Gabriel’s greeting to Mary (from the gospel of Luke) and Elizabeth’s cry of joy (“blessed is the fruit of thy womb). In the second part of the prayer we are asking her to pray for us, just like we would ask our own mother to pray for us.

It would be impossible to expound on the rosary in this short post, but I hope you can begin to see how rich and Christ-centered the rosary is and why it is such an important devotion to Catholics. In tomorrow’s post I will share some links on the rosary that I trust you will find helpful.

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Catholics and the Rosary

Did you realize that the Rosary is all about Jesus? It is!

Our Lady of the Rosary

The Rosary is one of the most powerful prayers we Catholics can pray. A lot has been written and preached about the rosary and it is an integral part of our Church History.

Our Lady of the Rosary

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This particular feast of Our Lady of the Rosary was instituted by St. Pius V because the Christian victory at the Battle of Lepanto was attributed to the praying of the rosary.

Sadly, there is a lot of misconceptions about the rosary and it isn’t always an easy prayer to pray. It can seem monotonous at times but the purpose of the rosary is to mediate on the life, death, and resurrection of Our Lord Jesus. When prayed properly, and in the right spirit, the rosary can lift our hearts and souls to God. In fact, the rosary is so important, there are 15 promises attached to the rosary (as Our Lady revealed to St. Dominic and Blessed Alan de la Roche).

By the way, are you familiar with the Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary? It is also known as the Altar Rosary Society and is world-wide. Most churches have an Altar Rosary Society and if there is one in your area, you should consider checking them out. I recently found out about them and joined the group in my parish. They do a lot of wonderful things for the church, both physically and spiritually.

So, on this beautiful feast day, don’t forget to take time to pray this most efficacious prayer! For more information on this feast go here and here.

God bless!

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Up for a Crusade?

Barb over at Suffering with Joy posted about a rosary crusade scheduled for tomorrow, Good Friday, April 3. A friend wrote her:

Imagine what might happen if every Catholic in the world would pray a Rosary on the same day!  We have an example in October of 1573, when Europe was saved from the invasion of the mighty Turkish fleet, by the praying of the Rosary by all Christians!  So, on Good Friday April 3, 2015, let us all pray a Rosary for peace in the world and the return of moral values into our communities… read more.

The idea is for everyone to pray a rosary for the specific intention of world peace and a return to moral virtues.  If you can, do try and join in! The rosary is a beautiful prayer and, as a “bonus,” by praying the sorrowful mysteries, it can help you meditate on the suffering and death of our beloved Savior, too.

(P.S. Tonight, with the Holy Thursday liturgy, marks the beginning of the Sacred Tridiuum. May God bless you and bring you ever closer to him during this holy time!)

Will You Join us in Praying for our Country?

My friend Anne, over at Living in the Two Hearts, clued me in on the America Needs Fatima‘s crusade to get as many people as they can to pray for our country on the Fourth of July at 6pm.

Our country is facing many challenges and it is only through prayer and trust in God that these challenges will be overcome. Our Lord says in Matthew 18: 19-20:

“I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father. for where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

Let us take claim to God’s promise and act on it! Won’t you take 20 minutes of your time over this holiday weekend to pray the rosary and thank the Lord for the gift of our freedom and ask His mercy upon us?

And hey, for those of you reading this who aren’t Catholic, you’re not off the hook! 🙂 You are welcomed and encouraged to join us in prayer for our country too! Just join us at 6pm Sunday and say whatever prayer that you feel led to pray.

Thank you in advance for your participation and God bless. “See you” on Sunday, 6pm sharp! 🙂

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Our Greatest Weapon: The Rosary

I found this awesome YouTube video over @ A Woman’s Place blog and must share it. It is an absolutely beautiful expose on the beauty and importance of the rosary.